|Date of Report: Thursday, 18th May 2017|
|Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 886 6690
Flows are still good for this time of year and the water is crystal clear with most of of the autumn leaves swept downstream. Fishing remains open for the winter. There has been a sprinkling of snow on the higher peaks and heavy frosts and we hope for good snowfalls this winter. There is not much news from the lake at Tiffendell but we hear that a monster trout came out of Basie Vosloo’s private dam
We had a good Epson Wild Trout Festival in late March. Including wives and guides 48 people attended and some 321 fish, both rainbows and yellows were caught. Trout numbers were down but average size was up.
Lupela Lodge report that the Karringmelk is flowing well but the fish population is well down. However, the size of trout is better on average and it looks as if there was a good spawn last winter. Fishing will probably continue throughout the winter.
Colin Moolman reports that the rivers are looking fine but the drought of last year has reduced the trout numbers in many streams although the survivors have grown out well. In the meantime, there has been a comprehensive stocking of the many dams the club manages. Most of these stockies are now about 35 cm and those that came through the drought are good sized fish.
The committee have decided to combine the Rapture of the River and the Ladies event into one this year and about 13 people have booked so far. This event will be held from 25 to 27 May – refer Events Calendar in ‘News’ section.
Malcolm Meintjes fishing the lower Karringmelk.